Mehrdad MirazeeGraduated: MSc Postharvest Technology
Occupation: Technical manager and research officer (Horticulture and postharvest), Landseer Ltd
My Writtle University College
Writtle College has a very close relationship with industry and I found my current job through one of the KTP (Knowledge Transfer Projects) contracts of college.
I have very good memories from my time as a student, and I liked the fact that the College draws in students from around the world. On my course we had students from 20 different nations around the world! I found very good friends and became familiar with a variety of cultures.
I found the sport facilities at the College quite useful. I regularly used the gym and played tennis with my friends, especially during the summer when we were working on our dissertations.
My Career Path
My degree from Writtle College plays a key role in my career in the UK. I am a non-European and therefore need a visa for living and working in the UK. Without my degree it would have been impossible for me to work in a job related to my field of study (even though I had a degree from my country and many years of work experience). My degree helped me to get the post study visa for UK graduates, which allows me work for two years in the UK, this visa has been the best opportunity for me to increase my experience in related fields.
My Current Job
In my current job my main responsibilities include: Research on the effects of internal and external environmental factors on fresh produce (especially apples) during the storage and improvement of postharvest life of fresh produce by investigating and applying new techniques and testing new chemical and organic products so as to maintain and develop company sales.
One of the main challenges in this part of the industry is limitation of chemical application because of very hard regulations about chemicals used on fresh produce which restricts the chemicals available in the market. Many currently used are likely to be banned in the near future and it is important that companies find substitutes for these products otherwise they may lose their market share.
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